With the growth in prominence of smartphones, it can be easy to forget that millions of South Africans are still using mobile phones which are not even data capable.
These low-cost mobile phones, which can typically only make calls and send SMSes, are often the only communication tool to available to many people.
Entry-level mobile phones therefore remains a lucrative market in South Africa. This raises the question as to which cheap phones are the most popular.
The latest statistics from Vodacom about the number of active devices on its network revealed that Samsung and Nokia dominate the low-cost mobile phone market in South Africa.
According to the statistics, the Nokia 1280 is the most popular not-data-capable phone on the Vodacom network, followed by the Nokia 1616, and the Samsung GT E1105T.
The top 10 not-data-capable phone list, based on the number of active devices on the Vodacom network, contains five Nokia and five Samsung devices.
The following list provides an overview of the most popular entry-level phones among Vodacom users.
- Samsung-GT-E1050 Maple
- Samsung-GT-E1205 Keystone 2
- Samsung-GT-E1200 Pusha
- Samsung-GT-E1080 Guru